Artificial Star

Artificial Star

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This wooden device with embedded brass eyepiece came from the shop of Henry Fitz (1808-1863), America’s first successful commercial telescope maker. It may have served as an artificial star for testing telescope lenses.
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Object Name
artificial star
overall: 13 1/4 in x 8 1/2 in x 4 1/4 in; 33.655 cm x 21.59 cm x 10.795 cm
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Gift of Mrs. Willard H. Howell
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National Museum of American History
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